So far we have covered

1. My preliminary response to the sermon by the Pastor
2. My thoughts on the Magi Gifts To Jesus
3. Millionaire Supporters Of The “Sophisticated Travelling Ministry”
4. Jesus Providence To The Disciples
5. Jesus ministry to the poor

As the next two point was really short, I will put them all together. Let us study point 5 and 6 together 

Pt 5: Jesus had a treasurer to account for the money he had

The pastor claimed that one does not appoint treasurer unless he had a lot of money. 

Quoting Jn 12:6, the pastor claims that Judas act of embezzling money is known by the disciples and possibly Jesus himself.

Interestingly he claimed that Judas embezzled money to buy properties and that requires a huge amount of money. He also claimed even as Judas was embezzling the money, Jesus still have enough money to run his ministry. He knew that Judas was stealing but choose to ignore it because he had more than enough to run his ministry.  

Pt 6: Jesus never considered himself poor

He continued claiming that Jesus did not consider himself a poor man. In fact he called himself rich. 

Quoting Jn 12:1-8 : The pastor claimed that Jesus distinguished himself from the poor in verse 8.

When Jesus defended Mary’s offering to him, he said
“For the poor you have with you always, but Me (indicating that he is not poor)  you do not have always." – Jesus (Jn 12:8)

To him it proves that Jesus distinguished himself from poor people. , and he did not consider himself as one of the poor people.

Judas the property tycoon and treasurer of Jesus 

I went around the internet and bible to see how would one deduce that Judas misappropriate money to invest in properties. Generally the reasons given are as follows

  1. The 30 pieces of Silver is enough to purchase the potters field.
    1. Mat 27:6-10 indicated that it was enough to purchase a field.
    2. Acts 1:16-19 Indicated that he died in a field he purchase using the wages for betraying Jesus
    3. While anti-Christians argued if he died by hanging or falling, I would say he hanged himself and he fell when the rope snapped.

Besides these records there are no other evidence that talks what Judas did with the money he embezzled. 

Personally, I feel that there is simply not enough evidence to prove that Judas was embezzling cash  for property trading. Nor can it be used as a prove to the wealth of Jesus.

Jesus Had So Much That His Ministry Can Continue Despite Judas Stealing

The pastor indicated that Jesus was so rich that he just continue ministering to the people ignoring the fact that Judas was stealing from the money box. While the explanation sounds logical, wouldn’t this portray Jesus as a irresponsible teacher?

Such train of thoughts are dangerous, for people may abuse the idea and claimed

“Since the treasury of God will always be full of riches, workers could follow the example of Judas to take money. Jesus will allow it as long as the ministry could continue to run despite the theft.”

Perhaps the pastor did not meant for his sermon to be interpreted in this way, but by making claims like that he had unknowingly painted Jesus as a God that condones the sin of people. 

I believe that Jesus is omniscient  and he is well aware of Judas act of pilfering the money box. But here we see him keeping quiet about the sin of Judas. Did Jesus kept quite because he had more than enough to spare or because he had other reasons?

Personally God is also aware of the sin of Adam, but yet in the garden of Eden,  God asked Adam this 

"Who told you that you were naked? Have you eaten from the tree of which I commanded you that you should not eat?" –YHWH (Gen 3:11)

I  believe that at that time God is well aware of the sin of Adam. God choose to remain silent because he wanted Adam to confess his sins before him. 

Similarly God silence to Judas is not a display of his tremendous wealth, but an act of his forbearance to the sins of Judas. He would rather see Judas repent and live than to see him burning in hell. In fact , Jesus tried again and again to turn Judas back to from sinning  in Jn 13. He gave Judas plenty of chances to repent. 

But after failing the last few attempts , Jesus said the famous word “"What you do, do quickly." (Jn 13:27)

After that in the prayer of Gethsemane,  Jesus prayed and he told God that he had kept all the disciples in his name, except for Judas

“While I was with them in the world, I kept them in Your name. Those whom You gave Me I have kept; and none of them is lost except the son of perdition, that the Scripture might be fulfilled.” – Jesus (jn 17:12)

Therefore, let us be careful how we interpret the scriptures. Let us not just interpret it for the sake of proving our own theology and indirectly misrepresent God.

Did Jesus really distinguished himself from the poor?

I feel the argument of Jn 12:8 was not strong enough. It cannot be used to prove that Jesus distinguished himself from the poor. Whenever I read this verse, I will tend to understand it as this.

There are plenty of chance for believers to show love and compassion to help the poor and needy. However, one does not always be given an opportunity to anoint the feet of Jesus.

The difference Jesus and the poor and needy is not about the fact that one is richer than the other. It is the fact that God does not manifest himself as flesh and lived among us all the time. In life, we often run into the poor and needy and we could help them anytime.

Perhaps you can give me a better explanation for Jn 12:8, but to me, it is clear enough.

Conclusion

As I studied into the character of Judas, I cant help but have a sense of pity, that someone that close to the Lord would give a foothold for the devil. Despite the fact that Jesus tried to turn him back again and again.

Lets us learn to be mindful of our own greed and avoid the pitfall of Judas. 

As I look at the act of Mary offering to Jesus, I understand that sometimes, the window of opportunity to serve God is limited. Therefore we must seize our chance to serve God whenever possible.

When the opportunity arrives, we must be willing to give up the things that are precious to us in order to serve him. The bottle of spikenard is bought with 300 denarii, it is an entire year worth of wages.

Ladies in the time of Jesus will keep the perfume for the most important day of their lives, and they will use it on their wedding day. Mary kept nothing back for herself, she broke the bottle. That act tells us that Mary could never take back what she had offered to Jesus.  

Jesus accepted her offering and he said

“Assuredly, I say to you, wherever this gospel is preached in the whole world, what this woman has done will also be told as a memorial to her” –Jesus (Mk 14:9)

May all our offerings be remembered by God

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